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Wisconsin Authors at Lakefly Literary Conference

Visiting Tom by Michael PerryWisconsin author Michael Perry’s latest book, “Visiting Tom,” combines stories of his elderly neighbor, Tom, and their interactions over the years. Tom is the local farmer who can fix almost anything, and if there isn’t a tool for the job, he can make one. Perry also writes about how he became a father after 39 years as a bachelor, and of his love for his wife and daughters. Perry and his band, the Longbeds, will be performing at the Grand Opera House in Oshkosh May 10, as part of the Lakefly Literary Conference.

All the Lonely People by Jess RileyOshkosh resident Jess Riley follows up her successful first novel with “All the Lonely People,” the story of Jaime Collins and her dysfunctional family. After a particularly awful Thanksgiving dinner, when Jaime throws the mashed potatoes at her brother, she advertises on Craigslist for a new family. But even a handpicked  family comes with faults.

The laugh-out-loud moments are found among the chapters that come uncomfortably close to painful truths.  The back cover of the book says. “Dedicated to anyone who has ever wanted to unfriend a relative on Facebook.”  Jess Riley will be speaking at the Lakefly Literary Conference in Oshkosh on May 11.

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Wizards and Football

Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
Unseen University isn’t a school known for its sports teams. In Terry Pratchett’s “Unseen Academicals,” the faculty must field a “foot-the-ball” team in order not to lose some of the perks that come with their jobs. There’s a mysterious Mr. Nutt, a local football feud, some star-crossed lovers, and a fashion revolution, all waiting to be sorted out in Pratchett’s usual fashion. If you’re not already a Discworld fan, you’re missing out on a lot of good fun.

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Dorothy Parker's Ghost

In “Farewell, Dorothy Parker,” by Ellen Meister, movie critic Violet Epps can trade quips with the best of them. But when it comes to her private life, her spine turns to jelly. When she visits the famous Algonquin Hotel, she takes the guest book, signed by literary greats, along with her in a moment of confusion. When the ghost of her hero Dorothy Parker appears before her, complete with advice on how to manage her life, Violet resists. A fun story for Parker fans, and those who appreciate a good quip or two.

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